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CARE home provider Southern Cross has been accused of neglecting its elderly residents after making 3,000 redundancies.

The struggling company owns almost 750 care homes, including three in this area – Cams Ridge in Fareham, Hamilton House in Drayton and Woodcot Lodge in Gosport.

The firm, which recently warned it was in a ‘critical financial condition’ after revealing a £311m loss, said the cuts would not jeopardise the quality of care provided to its 31,000 residents, but this was disputed by unions.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, urged the government to step in and ‘get to grips with Southern Cross’, adding: ‘The care sector is hugely labour-intensive, and there is no doubt that job losses on this scale will mean elderly people in Southern Cross homes get a lower standard of care and some homes may be at risk of closure.’

The GMB union also demanded government action, with general secretary Paul Kenny saying: ‘This is the start of a disaster for the residents as well as a kick in the teeth for the staff.’